After discussion and consultation, the ABA board has decided to reinstate points (historical and current) to several teams, and replace suspensions with a warning.

This is a reminder to all that the ABA code of Conduct and Rules for competition barbecue teams are available on our website.

Points to note include.

  • Teams in breach of Rules for deliberately cheating, showing poor sportsmanship, bringing the ABA into disrepute, bullying or intimidating other teams on or off the competition grounds may face suspension or permanent bans, loss of Leaderboard Points as determined by the ABA on a case by case basis. Please note that these rules apply to team captains, members of your team, and people deemed to be closely aligned with a team.
  • All team members competing in an ABA Sanctioned contest will show sportsman-like behaviour, respect, support, and a professional attitude towards ABA Crew, fellow teammates, other teams, the general public, and the Promoter in any/all interactions before, during, and after any ABA Sanctioned contest.
  • Deliberately inciting a negative campaign, berating other members, trash-talking a product, brand, or service provided by (any) company including the ABA may result in a permanent ban from using the Group.

We acknowledge that in any passionate community tempers flair, however, the ABA can’t be all things to all people, all of the time. So we encourage any team or person who does not want to follow the rules or code of conduct going forward, to consider alternatives (of which there are many).

In closing, Barbecue in Australia is booming. More and more people from all over the country are getting into cooking over fire and low and slow. The growth has been staggering, with many people in the community now making an income from the Barbecue industry. Some would say we’re becoming mainstream.

Going forward it’s very important that as a community we all foster and support positive engagement between each other, brands, businesses, and fellow teams. This is an opportunity for the Barbecue community in general (including the ABA) to reset and refocus on us all supporting a positively-charged space.

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